The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo
The view from Corazon del Pueblo

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A sad day - Arnulfo Mendoza (1954-2014)

One of Oaxaca's most important figures died yesterday.  Arnulfo Mendonza, a good friend, a good man and a great artist, passed suddenly, leaving a stunned large extended family and even larger community of friends and admirers.  I am just one of them.
Maestro Arnulfo was certainly one of Oaxaca's most famous weavers, if not the most famous.
He was multi-faceted in his artistic endeavors, including, painting, embroidery, printing, metalwork, and design, in addition to running a renown gallery.
I spent a lot of time with the maestro this last year or so, as I was his photographer for an upcoming book about the artists of Oaxaca.  The word of his death traveled quickly and many people went to Mano Magica to express condolences.  Tomorrow, I along with many others will travel to his family's house in Teotitlan del Valle to pay homage and to shed a few more tears.
I think is is one of the saddest shots I have taken.
That is the hat is always wore on the foot of his casket.


Shadrach said...

I thank you for your graceful remarks about Arnulfo. I and my late husband, the painter Gordon Rayner, loved him very much. At one time we stayed at La Mano Magico's upstairs apartments. He was always a generous and kind soul. And a great artist.
I saw him on Feb. 23 at Tlacochahuaya and thought he looked well. This is very sad.
Kate Regan Rayner

Gale said...

Arnulfo was our Uncle and we are wallowing in both our sadness and our memories of eyeopening experiences with him over the many years we knew him. He will be sadly missed by our family.

Mark & Gale Gagnier